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Open Digital Europe

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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

Social Businesses

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

European Project

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

On the 11th and 12th of April, the TAPROOM Consortium met for a planned partners’ meeting in Sofia, marking a big milestone of executing the first meeting fully realised face-to-face since 2020.

The TAPROOM Bulgaria meeting encompassed these intellectual outputs: the closure of IO2: the TAPROOM Training Course and the ongoing development of IO3: the TAPROOM Manual for Trainers, IO4: The TAPROOM Platform, and IO5: the TAPROOM Guidebook on Certification.

During the meeting, the partners also updated and discussed the over-running matters such as management, administration, timetables and communication, and started planning the process of TAPROOM piloting, which is to commence in spring/summer 2022.

On the second day, the partners participated in a study visit at the Hills Brewery Park outside of Sofia, during which they had an opportunity to get to know the inner workings of a small craft brewery.

From the side of OTB, the meeting was attended by the project coordinator Auguste Taruskaite. The meeting was overall evaluated positively. The next meeting will take place in Munich, in Autumn 2022.

The TAPROOM project is implemented by 5 partners from Malta (Malta Business Foundation), Belgium (Out of the Box International), Italy (GAL Molise Verso il 2000), Bulgaria (AVA Creations Foundation) and Germany (Italienische Handelskammer München-Stuttgart Camera di Commercio Italo-Tedesca).

The project is cofinanced by the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme of the European Commission

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.


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